Office: Stone Hall 304A
Associate Researcher, Science Education, College of Arts and Sciences
Co-coordinator, "Montana Geographic Alliance"
Field Of Study:
Paleoecology, Paleohydrology, Landscape Ecology, K-16 Education, Informal Science Education.
Heather Almquist is interested in landscape change over millennial to decadal time scales, including both what controls these changes and how they in turn affect human populations and other biota. Before moving to Montana in 2003, Dr. Almquist was a research assistant professor in the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine. Her early work focused on the physical and vegetational development of salt marshes along the coast of Maine in relation to local geomorphology and differential rates of sea-level rise, which continue to the present day. She later studied Holocene changes in vegetation, water balance, and the spatial configuration of wetland complexes of the Penobscot River Valley, Maine, in relation to prehistoric human settlement patterns. Heather received her Ph.D. in Sweden, where she investigated changes in lake levels, vegetation, fire regime, and cultural land-use at the southern margin of the northern boreal forest. These studies also allowed her to determine the influence of regional climate and local geomorphologic factors controlling the development of various types of peatlands in the Bergslagen region. Her current research interests focus on past and future landscape-scale changes in the nature, abundance, and distribution of wetlands of the Crown of the Continent ecosystem and their ecological implications.
In addition to Quaternary science, Dr. Almquist is keenly interested in science education. Over the past 5 years, she has led several teacher professional development, curriculum development, and museum-based science education projects. Her current work involves helping teachers and students develop and apply geospatial skills to further their understandings of rich and complex, interdisciplinary Earth system science content. Her recent grants include:
National Science Foundation (2009-2012) $449,461. Cyber-Enabled Earth Exploration: Development of Materials for Middle School Earth Science Instruction. H. Almquist and L. Blank. Project Website
National Science Foundation (2006-2010) $1,335,182. Paleo Exploration Project (DinoMap): Spatial Analysis of Fossil Finds in the Northern Plains. H. Almquist and G. Stanley. (This project was selected as an NSF Highlight for 2010.) Project Website
National Atmospheric and Space Administration (2005-2006) $744,000. Explore the Extreme. H. Almquist and C.W. Snyder.
Ph.D. Quaternary Geology, Lund University, Lund, Sweden, 1994
M.Sc. Ecology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1986
B.Sc. Botany, University of Maine, Orono, Maine, 1983
Association of American Geographers
Geological Society of America
National Association of Geoscience Teachers
National Council for Geographic Education
National Science Teachers Association
Dr. Almquist has considerable experience in research administration, having held various administrative positions at The University of Maine since 1994, including Associate Vice President for Research from 1996 to 2002. In that capacity, she worked on both state and federal legislative affairs, oversaw the Maine Sea Grant program, and co-directed the Maine NSF EPSCoR program. Dr. Almquist is an accomplished grant writer, having received competitive research grants from federal agencies totalling more than $3 million, and overseeing the successful development of research infrastructure awards amounting to over $16 million. She has also served on program steering committees for the National Science Foundation, the European Science Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Atmospheric and Space Administration. She also serves on an NSF proposal review panels.
Almquist, H., Stanley, G., Hendrix, M., Blank, L., Hanfling, S. and Crews, J. 2011. An integrated field-based approach to building teacher's geosciences skills. Journal of Geoscience Education 59: 31-40. link to article
link to Field Trip Guide
Almquist, H., Blank, L., Crews, J., Stanley, G., and Hendrix, M. 2011. Design Experiments in Field-based Professional Development: Teachers Investigate the Geologic History of Eastern Montana Using Geospatial Technologies, In, J.G. MaKinster, N.M. Trautmann,& M. Barnett (Eds.), Teaching Science and Investigating Environmental Issues with Geospatial Technology: Designing Effective Professional Development for Teachers. Springer Publishing Co. in press.
Almquist, H., Blank, L., Crews, J., Gummer, E., Hanfling, S. & Yeagley, P. 2009. Embedding Spatial Technology in a Field-Based Science Education Course for Teachers. In, C. Crawford et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference 2009 (pp. 3708-3713). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. link to article
Stanley, G., and Almquist, H. 2008. Spatial Analysis of Fossil Sites in the Northern Plains: A Unique Model for Teacher Education. GSA Today 18(2): 24-25. link to article
Sanger, D., H. Almquist, and A.C. Dieffenbacher-Krall. 2007. Mid-Holocene cultural adaptations to Central Maine. Chapter 12, pp. 435-456, In, D. Anderson, K.A. Maasch and D.H. Sandweiss (Eds.), Climatic Change and Cultural Dynamics: A Global Perspective on Holocene Transitions, Academic Press.
Grimm, E.C., W.A. Watts, G.L. Jacobson Jr., B.C.S. Hansen, H. Almquist, and A.C. Dieffenbacher-Krall. 2006. Evidence of warm wet Heinrich events in Florida. Quaternary Science Reviews 25 (17): 2197-2211. link to article
Almquist, H., Dieffenbacher-Krall, A., Brown, R., and D. Sanger. 2001. An 8000-yr Holocene record of lake levels at Mansell Pond, Central Maine, U.S.A. The Holocene 11: 189-201. link to article
Almquist-Jacobson, H., and D. Sanger. 1995. Holocene climate and vegetation in the Milford Drainage Basin, Maine, U.S.A., and their implications for human history. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 4: 211-222. link to article
Almquist-Jacobson, H., and D.R. Foster. 1995. Toward an integrated model for raised-bog development: theory and field evidence. Ecology 76(8): 2503-2516. link to article
Almquist-Jacobson, H. 1995. Lake-level fluctuations at Ljustjärnen, central Sweden and their implications for the Holocene climate of Scandinavia. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 118:269-290. link to article
Almquist-Jacobson, H., J.E. Almendinger, and S. Hobbie. 1992. Influence of terrestrial vegetation on sediment-forming processes in kettle lakes of west-central Minnesota. Quaternary Research 38: 1-14. link to article
Jacobson, G.L. Jr., H. Almquist-Jacobson, and C. Winne. 1991. Conservation of rare plant habitat: insights from the recent history of vegetation and fire at Crystal Fen, northern Maine, USA. Biological Conservation 57: 287-314. link to article
Foster, D.R., and H.A. Jacobson. 1990. The comparative development of bogs and fens in central Sweden: evaluating the role of climatic change and ecosystem development. Aquilo Serie Botanica 28: 15-26. link to article